Ends on January 21, 2018$15.00


Submission Deadline:  JANUARY 21, 2018

Notification: FEBRUARY 16

Public Reception: MARCH 9

Exhibition Closes: APRIL 6

In 1948, Columbia Records released the first microgroove 33-1/3 rpm vinyl 12” record, launching a music industry standard that is still spinning strong seven decades later. The Oak Park Art League (OPAL) pays tribute to the 70th anniversary of vinyl in a National Juried Exhibition for Album Cover Art – ARTifact: 33-1/3

The evolution of album cover art is as revolutionary as the music vinyl popularized, with iconic artists such as Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and others, merging the world of music with the visual arts, while catapulting musician identity and elevating jacket cover design to museum-worthy status. This 70th anniversary milestone and the renaissance of vinyl lends to this call for record cover art that express societal interests and global concerns - past, present and future


To underscore the evolution of the way music has been recorded and shared over the last 70 years, this will be an “analog-to-digital” showcase of album cover art. Artists will submit a high resolution digital file of their original artwork that, if selected, will be professionally printed by OPAL and displayed in 12x12 frames for the exhibition at OPAL’s historic Carriage House Gallery. An additional selection of works will be included in an online exhibit on OPAL’s website. 


Accompanying each entry, artists are required to include a proposed album title, music genre (*selected from a list of popular genres), and fictional band that best describes their submitted image. Juror selections will be based on artistic merit (technical skill, composition, original design) and thematic synergies between image and required descriptors. *Rock, Heavy Metal, Pop, Alternative, Jazz, Soul, Blues, Folk, Classical, Hip-Hop/Rap, Electronic/Dance, Country, World

  • Submission dates: November 1, 2017 to January 21, 2018 (midnight)
  • All entries are digital through SUBMITTABLE online platform
  • This call is well-suited to photography and digital art, though all (photographed) artistic media will be considered
  • Professional photography is recommended for high-quality representation of non-digital art (paintings, drawings, mixed media, illustration, original prints, sculpture, etc.)
  • Artists may choose to photographically “crop” their original work to square thumbnails for creative results
  • Artists/photographers may include text in their design, though it is not required or a factor for juror consideration.
  • Entry fee $15 – per image (Artists may submit up to six entries @ $15 each)
  • Images must be JPG file (300DPI) – SQUARE FORMAT REQUIRED
  • Files must be labeled as follows:  TITLE of IMAGE_ARTIST INITIALS.JPG
  • Representatives of OPAL and partner organizations may photograph artwork or exhibit and use the images for promotional purposes (print, website, social media)
  • Submission fees are non-refundable
  • Note: Juror selections will be professionally printed by OPAL on traditional photographic paper and displayed in 12x12 album frames for the gallery exhibition. ORIGINAL ARTWORK NEED NOT BE SHIPPED!
  • Artist notification for selected work:  February 16, 2018
  • Online gallery will be posted on OPAL’s website on March 1, 2018


Val Camilletti is a pioneer in music culture and the owner of the iconic Val’s Halla Records, a destination record store located in Oak Park, IL, just outside of Chicago.  In July 2017, Val’s Halla Records celebrated 45 years in the business. In addition to rare and popular collections of vintage vinyl, Val’s Halla Records is also known for Camilletti’s shrine to Elvis Presley.  Located in the store’s bathroom, the shrine features a gurgling fountain, black velvet tapestry, a pair of Elvis socks and multitudes of articles confirming Presley’s reincarnation. With more than 50 years in the record industry, Camilletti worked at major label Capitol Records before founding her business in Oak Park.  

Mike Goldstein is a former music TV and interactive programming development and production executive and past owner/curator of RockPoP Gallery (New York and Portland, OR), which showcased fine art prints produced by many of the best designers, illustrators and photographers from all areas of today’s music industry. Goldstein is a sought-after lecturer on album cover design and is the founder of Album Cover Hall of Fame; a website for fans of album cover art and photography. With a focus on the talented individuals and agencies that create the designs, illustrations and photographs featured on popular album cover packages, the website offers visitors a comprehensive collection of album cover art-related news, interviews, biographies, portfolios and more.  

Jon Langford is a Welsh musician and artist based in Chicago. He is one of the founders of punk band The Mekons, post-punk group The Three Johns and alternative country ensembles The Waco Brothers. Langford is also a respected visual artist best known for his striking portraits of country music icons including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. In 2015, Langford was commissioned by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to paint a series of portraits for its “Dylan, Cash, and Nashville Cats: A New Music City” exhibition. For over 10 years, Lanford illustrated the comic strip Great Pop Things under the pseudonym Chuck Death. The cartoon strip ran in alternative weekly newspapers in Los Angeles and Chicago, and was a pen-and-ink history of rock-and-roll. His paintings appear on bottles and other items for the Dogfish Head Brewery. 

Paul Natkin is Chicago’s most notable rock photographer. His photographs have appeared on countless magazine covers, including Newsweek, Time, People, Playboy, Ebony and Entertainment Weekly, as well as numerous album covers for artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Alanis Morissette and Buddy Guy, among others. Natkin has also been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, Superstars at the Ed Paschke Art Center and 2017 Navy Pier All Access exhibition of iconic images of the Rolling Stones.

Norm Winer is Co-Founder & Chief Content Curator of Fort Knox Network, Chicago. He is one of North America’s most respected and celebrated radio programmers and media strategists. Winer’s body of work includes extended stints as Director of Programming at WXRT Chicago (1979-2016) and CBS Radio VP of Rock (2003-2009), and he has enjoyed prominent roles at legendary FM rock outlets, in San Francisco and Boston in the 1970’s. Winer was named recipient of Chicago’s Fifth Star Award in 2015, the first media figure to be so honored, for contributions to the arts and culture of the City of Chicago.

Oak Park Art League ARTifact Exhibits: OPAL's ARTifact exhibits enable an innovative bridge for connecting history and contextualizing ideas via contemporary artists working with historic artifacts, objects or ideology in traditional and non-traditional ways.

Oak Park Art League History: Founded in 1921, the Oak Park Art League is one of the longest, continually-running nonprofit visual arts organizations in Illinois. OPAL fulfills its mission through its offering of high quality art education, guest lectures, artist demonstrations and critiques, plus monthly exhibitions in our gallery. Located in the center of Oak Park’s Historic District, walking distance from Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed studio and Ernest Hemingway’s birth home, the Oak Park Art League's Carriage House Gallery is an important landmark and lends to a tri-part dialogue about the early 20th century regional influences in art, architecture and literature that continue to define Oak Park’s cultural landscape and attract tourism from around the world.